Used in frictions on the abdomen as a hydragogue purgative, in mania, dropsy, &c.
Purgatives and hydragogue cathartics usually fail to give relief, and add much to the patient's discomfort.
It is a powerful irritant, and is employed medicinally as a drastic and hydragogue cathartic.
First in point of efficacy for this purpose are the hydragogue cathartics.
The highly irritable and congested intestinal mucous membrane precludes the employment of hydragogue cathartics.
Cathartics, especially those of a hydragogue nature, are also very beneficial.
hydragogue hy·dra·gogue (hī'drə-gôg')
Any of a class of cathartics that aid in the removal of edematous fluids and thus promote the discharge of watery fluid from the bowels.